The Daily Populous

Wednesday November 14th, 2018 evening edition

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As a senator calls for a nationwide review of the forced sterilization of Indigenous women, a lawyer representing a proposed class action detailed the women's accounts of being sterilized without proper and informed consent.

At least 60 Indigenous women are pursuing a class-action lawsuit launched last year, alleging they underwent forced sterilizations over the past 20 to 25 years in Saskatchewan.

In most of the cases — some happening as recently as 2017 — the "women report being told that the procedure was reversible," Lombard said.

She said the procedures, known as tubal ligation, have had a huge effect on the women.

Following an independent review in Jan. 2017, the Saskatoon Health Region apologized for the past coercion of Indigenous women to undergo surgical sterilization.

Indigenous women coerced into tubal ligation felt 'invisible, profiled and powerless' according to an external report.

The 57-page report interviewed seven Indigenous women and compiled details described as "scare tactics" to get their consent. »

Baltimore votes to become first large U.S. city to ban water privatization

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WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The city of Baltimore voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to ban the privatization of its water and sewerage systems, in what supporters say is the first large U.S. jurisdiction to take such a step.

Baltimore has one of the oldest water systems in the country, and decades of deferred maintenance have resulted in a quadrupling of water rates since 2000, Eckel said.

Eckel pointed to Food & Water Watch research finding that private water utilities tend to charge almost 60 percent more than public counterparts. »

‘Master and Commander': 15th Anniversary of the Franchise That Never Was

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$150 million, a budget larger than the $139 million spent on the first “Spider-Man” released a year before.

But Tom Rothman, then the head of 20th Century Fox, believed deeply in “Master and Commander,” seeing the books as the start of a potential franchise.

The film’s battle scenes were filmed on a full-scale warship replica mounted on gimbals in a tank at Baja Studios. »

Japanese train departs 25 seconds early

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A Japanese rail company has apologised after a train left a station 25 seconds early, the second such case in months.

The operator said the "great inconvenience we placed upon our customers was truly inexcusable".

If the details are anything to go by, customers are faced with slipping standards: a train last November left 20 seconds early while this time it was a full 25 seconds premature. »